Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

14 June,2024 06:51 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Team mid-day

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A doggone brawl

A woman tries to stop her pet dog from engaging in a skirmish with a stray dog at a public garden in Mulund.

For an artist, by an artist

Derek Domnic D'Souza in the track suit; (right) Santanu Hazarika sits in front of his artwork Please Don't Fight

Sporting artist Santanu Hazarika's artwork on a track suit, artist Derek Domnic D'Souza participated in a fashion show earlier this week. "I have had my artworks on different kinds of apparel before, but this will be the first time it is on a track suit," says Hazarika. Like most of his work, this one also comes with a strong message. "What you see is one of my paintings titled Please don't fight, that was redesigned into panels fitted on to the track suit. It is created with charcoal acrylic ink, and is a mixed media art piece," he shared. The artwork carries a story of a child in distress. "I wanted to show what a child experiences when, for instance, their parents fight, or when they face abuse. The idea was to shed light on how suffocated they feel," he elaborated, adding that the highlight of the fashion show was to get another prominent artist like D'Souza to walk the ramp in the track suit.

Tintin's footie adventures

Tintin with Snowy. Pic Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons; (right) Youri Tielemans in Tintin-inspired kit. Pic Courtesy/Instagram

Is that Tintin chasing Snowy or just a member of the Belgian football team making a run for the ball? At the ongoing Euro 2024, the Belgian side will sport the classic blue-brown combination as a tribute to the iconic Belgian comic strip. "My first thoughts were how Kevin De Bruyne would look exactly like Tintin," reveals Akshay Hansija, a fan of the series. Dhruv Negi, a football enthusiast added, "My dad introduced me to Tintin when I was a teen. The idea of a whole field of Tintins running around is exciting. They've nailed the colours." However, the new kit hasn't pleased everyone, "I grew up watching Tintin and football. You can hardly tell it has anything to do with the character unless someone pointed it out," remarked Tanay Kothari, who believes it's still a welcome tribute to the creator, Hergé.

Keen to adopt a lion?

A lion rests inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park; (right) Sudhir Sonawale

Would you believe it if we told you that you can legally adopt a lion, tiger, deer, or a leopard in Mumbai? Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) makes it possible every year for people to adopt these captive wild animals, where 75 per cent of the payment made by the adopter will go towards the animal's feeding, and 25 per cent will be paid to the caretaker. "The programme is almost as old as the park. We have just opened for the year 2024, and over 10 animals are already adopted," shared Sudhir Sonawale, assistant conservator of forest, SGNP, adding that adopters will be allowed to see these animals once every three months. Email for more details.

Special celebration at GPO

The special cover by GPO honouring Film Heritage Foundation

GPO Mumbai released a special postal cover yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Film Heritage Foundation, in the presence of Padma Bhushan awardees Gulzar and Shyam Benegal. "Released by Chief Postmaster General Maharashtra circle Kishan Kumar Sharma and post master general, Mumbai Amitabh Singh, they lauded their conservation work for Indian cinema," shared assistant postmaster general Sudhir Jakhere.

Run, little champs

A moment from the marathon hosted in Malad last year

Come July 2, eight-year-old record-breaking marathoners, twin brothers Dhruvin and Dhruvesh Prajapati will host a marathon for children between the age of five and 15 in Malad. Titled Mumbai Junior Miler Run, this event will be organised by their father Bhupesh. "Last year, as a celebration for my sons' birthday, we hosted a small marathon-type event, but the interest among both children and parents was such that we saw a turn up of over 100 kids. This year, we will take it a step further; we are expecting over 500 children to participate in our one and two-mile long runs," Bhupesh Prajapati told this diarist. Drop a message on @mumbai_junior_miler_run to register.

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